Four Legged Intelligence
hat are the smartest dog breeds in the world? We all love our dogs, and most of us believe our own dog must be the smartest ever. But is your dog’s breed known as one of the smartest? If your dog isn’t on this list, don’t despair. Because sometimes, having a dog with very high intelligence can have its drawbacks. For example, if a highly intelligent dog is left at home alone all day, they can get bored and become destructive and/or neurotic. On the other hand, a dog with limited intelligence can be left at home all day, and not even realize you’re gone until a few minutes before you arrive home!
10. Australian Cattle Dog
This breed appeared in the nineteenth century by artificial breeding. It was the result of crossing Collies and Dalmatians with the wild dingoes. Dogs of this breed are very well balanced, strong, tough and very attentive. The Australian Cattle Dog is a very active breed. They need to be exercised on a regular basis, both mentally and physically. As they were originally bred to herd in cattle in Australia (hence the name), they are freethinking, resourceful, and very protective of their property, including people!
Better known as the “Rottie”, Rottweilers can be mis-trained to be vicious, mean dogs that can take down a human. Speaking of humans, Rottweilers can weigh as much as a petite sized female. This breed of dog originates out of Germany but was used in the Roman Empire. Rottweilers are sometimes used as police dogs because of the strong jaw and teeth that they have. Rotties can take you down! In the golden days, they were used to carry wood and other large heavy goods to markets and houses. If you’re looking to train a dog to protect you and all of your (precious) belongings, the Rottie is definitely the way to go.
8. The Papillon
Does this dog scare you at all? Well it should, because Papillons are actually a lot tougher than they look! Some would characterize Papillons as a little moody and aggressive, but they are simply very possessive of their masters and “home turf”. It may surprise some that the Papillon is considered one of the most affectionate dogs. Another very intelligent dog, and very easy to train.
7. The Labrador Retriever
This is one of the most intelligent as well as one of the most popular breeds of dog in the world. The Labrador Retriever is an amazing breed that offers many different services. The breed originates from Newfoundland and was trained to hunt waterfowl. As time has passed, Labradors have been introduced to more and more jobs. Many of these dogs are used in the police force as bomb sniffing or drug sniffing dogs. Any dog that can be trained to do this is most definitely smart. These dogs are also used as rescue dogs. Many are trained to help the disabled, especially the blind. Labradors can be trained to lead a human around while ignoring any type of distraction. The Labrador Retriever is a loving, obedient, and patient dog that can be trained to do almost anything.
6. Shetland Shepherd
Alert, gentle, intelligent, strong and lively dog, very loyal and devoted to the owner, reserved with strangers, but never nervous or aggressive. Many Shetland owners swear that their dog has nearly human intelligence! Shelties were originally bred to herd hundreds of sheep and cattle, requiring great concentration and, of course, intelligence. They can be a little wary of strangers and children, but are very loyal and affectionate within their own family. In fact, the Shetland Shepherd very much craves human companionship.
5. Doberman Pinscher
Doberman Pinscher have been used for herding purposes due to their extremely high intelligence. The fact that they are so bright and alert also makes them very good watchdogs. They originated in Germany in 1800s. Notoriously bred by a tax collector to protect himself. He crossed Weimaraners with Manchester Terriers, Greyhounds, Rottweilers and German Pinschers. Dobermans can be great family dogs too, if trained properly from an early age. Although not vicious, you can count on a Doberman to aggressively protect its master if necessary.
4. Golden Retriever
Often confused with the Labrador Retriever, Golden Retrievers are also very popular dogs that seem to be perfect for a family. In the past up to today, these dogs are man’s companions, especially for those who hunt. This breed can be easily trained to find and bring back waterfowl or game that has been shot. The dog’s soft mouth allows it to bring back unharmed game to its owner. Aside from being a hunting dog, Golden Retrievers can be used as rescue dogs, drug sniffing dogs, and guide dogs. This breed is very patient, which makes it that much easier to train. If you ever find a dog sports competition online or on the television, you are sure to see a Golden Retriever competing.
3. German Shepherd
German Shepherds are extremely intelligent, courageous, and have a very strong protective instinct (they are one of the best guard dogs). As long as they are trained in obedience from an early age by a loving but firm hand, they can be great family dogs, and excellent with children. Because of their intelligence, a German Shepherds need a purpose or job in life to be truly happy. This intelligence, coupled with their courageous nature make German Shepherds excellent police and search dogs.
Yes, the poodle! Poodles are actually one of the most intelligent dogs. Their typical purpose has been to retrieve objects from water, which is a habitat they are very comfortable in. The Poodle is well known for his great sense of humour and while he has a great deal of dignity, sometimes to the extent of being a snob, he can also be a clown. His intelligence is legendary. Not only does he excel in the versatility of canine sports, he can be taught just about anything that a dog is capable of learning. Many like to perform and show off. Coupled with that attitude and presence, it can be understood why he was used as a circus dog to perform. What is less well known is that with his keen sense of smell and his unusual sixth sense, the Poodle was used in the Vietnam War to ferret out booby traps. In recent times the Poodle has distinguished himself as one who has the amazing ability of recognizing in advance oncoming seizures and warning people who have epilepsy of such an impending event.
1. Border Collies
Like many intelligent breeds, the Border Collie needs a job to do. If they don’t have a purpose in life or some kind of job, they will not be happy. Border Collies should definitely not be left at home alone all day, and if they are, they can become quite destructive. They need constant companionship, praise, and extensive exercise. So if you work and live in the city, a Border Collie probably isn’t the dog for you! Because of their legendary intelligence, Border Collies set the standard in competitions for such skills as agility, obedience, and of course, sheepdog trials. Good dog to have, isn’t it?